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PACE: A program helping the elderly live a little longer

Posted at 4:42 AM, Jun 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-04 10:12:13-04

TULSA, Okla. — For adults that are 55 and older, having a team of health care professionals that work one on one with you, come to your home to check on you, and more free of charge isn't common.

For some it's possible through a program called PACE, changing the lives of the elderly.

Sandra Philippe is one of many who uses the program for her sick husband David Philippe.

David has a serious health condition called vascular dementia, their doctor recommended PACE, but she had no idea the impact it would have on them both.

She says they have a doctor who answers their call anytime they need it.

Nurses working 24/7, and people who call to check on the Philippes regularly.

Care givers come to their home, to make sure they stay physically active, eat healthy meals, and follow doctors orders.

She says her 65-year-old husband went from spending 20 hours in bed every day, to walking three miles, two days a week.

His blood sugars are more stable now after years of struggle, and she says the best part is they've also helped with her own health as well.

“PACE does not forget you, no matter your illness, your issue, your disability, they treat you like you are their precious grandmother, or mother, and they are right there with you,” Philippe said.

If you have medicaid, and medicare, it's completely free.

Philippe tells me they have not spent a penny, and she's been with the program a little over a year.

For more information on the program please click here.

To enroll, or if you're interested in seeing if you qualify click here.

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